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Apr 12, 2001

Apple Maps vehicles will begin surveying Scotland and Wales for the first time starting in early October.

Apple Maps vehicle via MacRumors reader Dieter A.

The sensor-laden vehicles will start collecting mapping data in Fort William, a town in the western Scottish Highlands, between October 9 and November 5, according to a recently updated list of driving locations on Apple's website.

In Wales, the vehicles will begin surveying the county borough of Bridgend in the south, according to a subsequent update to Apple's list of driving locations.

For over two years, Apple has been driving vehicles around the world to collect data for Apple Maps--widely believed to be street-level imagery. Since 2015, the vehicles have surveyed over 35 states in the United States, in addition to parts of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Sweden.

Apple said it will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication, suggesting that it could be working on adding a Street View feature to Apple Maps, similar to what Google Maps has offered for several years. But, the imagery and other mapping data could be used for a variety of purposes.

When Apple's fleet of Dodge, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz vans first hit the streets, it was speculated they could be the basis of an Apple Car. But those rumors quieted down after the vans were labeled with Apple Maps decals, and because Apple has reportedly shifted towards autonomous driving software for now.

Some industry observers still believe the vans are at least partially related to Apple's autonomous driving project, but the evidence is inconclusive.

Apple so far has only confirmed that some of the data collected will be published in future Apple Maps updates.

Article Link: Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying Scotland and Wales [Updated]
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macrumors newbie
Aug 19, 2014
I just saw one today for the first time in Connecticut heading north on I-91 toward Hartford. I wonder how long until they launch their street view, if that is whats planned.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 10, 2015
How better to hide the development of an Apple car than by writing Apple Maps on the side of them?

Then again, we would probably already know what size wheels the car is going to have considering the leaky Apple ship lately.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 14, 2005
Blimey, I wonder why they chose to go with Fort William over Glasgow or Edinburgh. Fort William is tiny, it won't take them long at all to survey the whole place.


macrumors 65816
Oct 15, 2005
The Paps of Glenn Close, Scotland.


macrumors 6502
Jun 17, 2009
Scotland is in the north of the United Kingdom, not the north of England.

England is a country, in the United Kingdom.
Scotland is a country, in the United Kingdom.

Therefore, Scotland cannot be in the north of England.
Correct - perhaps they meant that Scotland is in the north of Great Britain (the island)?

Gilligan's last elephant

macrumors 65816
Aug 4, 2016
Plenty of Outlander's location filming is done in Scotland.

The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore is a must visit location.
I think it's setting the scene for our international cousins. ;)
But very similar to people (mainly English ;-) ) referring to the present "Queen of England"
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